ARISE Plans ‘Light up the Night’ 5K Run, Walk

OSWEGO, NY – Get your lights on. The ARISE Light up the Night 5K Run and Walk will take place on September 13 and promises to be a great evening with lots of unique fun.

“We want to conduct an event that is rather unique and unusual for this area. It’s called Light Up The Night. It is an event that takes off at dusk. It is a 5K, the first part of the event is a run and our route is from Franklin Square over to the fort,” Jim Karasek, manager of independent living services, of ARISE told the Physical Services Committee last week.

They were originally going to be at Breitbeck, but the Mayor’s Office got back to Karasek and said that particular evening there will be a wedding there.

“Although we could share the park, we really didn’t want to have a bunch of kids in glow sticks turn up in the background of wedding pictures. So, we agreed to move to Franklin Square,” Karasek said.

Participants will all gather at Franklin Square and then do “a party dance” (normally played at weddings).

People are encouraged to dress in glow sticks, glow bracelets, wear some form of glow-in-the dark clothing, body paint or battery operated lights.

Families and friends can walk together and come up with creative themed costumes, Karasek said.

“It’s different also in the fact that we’re inclusive, because ARISE is an agency that deals with people with disabilities,” he explained. “We’ll make our way over to the fort. We have a water stop near East First and Bridge streets.”

ARISE is pleased to announce the addition of Great Lakes Trolley Company as an event sponsor for this fundraiser.

“For those that make it from Franklin Square/West Park to the fort but cannot make the walk back, Great Lakes Trolley Company will be able to pick you up,” Karasek said. “Great Lakes Trolley Company has graciously donated the use of a trolley and driver to ensure that no one gets left behind.”

This partnership will ensure that everyone that wishes to take part in the event can, he said, adding, “ARISE would like to thank Allison Chase and Great Lakes Trolley for joining the event.”

“Once we get to the fort, guess what? We all stop and dance again. Then we return back to Franklin Square and do one more,” Karasek said.

He asked that the police department assist with traffic control if a lot of people take part in the event.

“We do have a ham radio operators club that is working with us and we do have escorts on different points on the turns. We will also have everything clearly identified with signage and volunteers,” he told the committee. “The whole idea is to be back at the park about an hour and a half after start time and we’re cleaned up and out of there about a half hour later.”

Registration is available at

The Common Council is set to vote on the request Monday night.


ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE and Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.

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  1. I would like to clarify, this event is a run/walk. The runners take off first and the walkers follow a couple of minutes later. The runners will complete the entire 5k with no stops and the walkers will have a stop. Please join us. This is one of those events that you will want to share with others. 342-4088 x206 with questions.

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